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  1. I am fortunate that I don't limit myself to just a few choices in wine. One of the aspects I enjoy of travel (both on land and at sea) is trying out a wide range of wines which we have done on-board Serenity. That includes French, Italian, Spanish, California, Australian, New Zealand, South Africa, wines just to name a few. While I like Cabs I have enjoyed several other varieties on board Serenity of red grapes and have enjoyed some nice white wines. Keith
  2. I've read all of your posts. Let's start with pricing. The prices you see on the website are pretty much the price you will see unless the fares are lowered. That does happen from time to time for a cruise or set of cruises not selling well. TA's might be able to offer OBC's. No product is the same and that is why prices do vary. For example even on port intensive cruises Crystal offers a lot in the way of enrichment and entertainment. This includes destination speakers and other lecturers, a golf pro, bridge teachers, an art teacher, fitness classes, computer classes and a variety of other enrichment activities. At night there is a lot of live entertainment from musicians playing in the various lounges to production shows and concerts to other acts. As mentioned Crystal does include drinks and tips. I see that you don't drink. They also include specialty coffee and a range of drinks without alcohol. They have laundry facilities that are open 7x24 without a charge and internet is complimentary. My suggestion is that at some point see if you can try out Crystal Cruises. Hopefully you can find an itinerary of interest and one that has a smaller price differential with Oceania. Even among the two Crystal Ocean Vessels the price is normally higher on a per diem rate on Serenity versus Symphony. Only you will be able to determine if Crystal Cruises is worth the extra cost to you and you won't know until you experience it for yourself. Keith
  3. WELCOME TO SPLIT, CROATIA Happy Passover from Crystal Serenity. As I post this, we are getting ready to dock in Split, Croatia. Our first and only visit to this city was in 2005 on our first Crystal Serenity Cruise. Yesterday was a very nice day. We visited Koper, Slovenia. We had never been to this charming town nor to the country. Most people were in the same "boat" not having visited it before and that includes guests and crew. The old town was located within a five minute walk from the ship. We walked across the street and it is located one level above the street level. Although it was Good Friday most places were open and most open early. We walked the main streets and side streets. People were very nice. It does have the Italian influence as this is one of two languages spoken there. We visited some churches and a Palace and on our way back to the ship we walked along the water and stopped at a local market where fruits, vegetables, cheese and some other items were sold outside and inside one building there were several merchants selling seafood. The was also a small grocery store and a butcher. What I liked is that everything was one-of-a-kind. It is nice to visit places without chain restaurants and chain coffee shops, etc. A Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle Party was held last evening. I would say around 10+ people were in attendance plus several Senior Officers (Hotel Director Scott, Cruise Director Rick) along with other officers. I met several people for the very first time along with others that we know from other sailings including Rhonda and her husband and Rob and Jim. I am including the daily Reflections Program below. Reflections.pdf Cheers, Keith
  4. Terry I agree. When the capability rolled out in the original PCPC to make specialty restaurant reservations they didn't have the capability to change it by seeing if a new date/time was available other than cancelling it. I raised that one because I thought it is risky to cancel something not knowing if you could get an alternative and risk by the time that happens you can't get your original reservation. Thankfully they enhanced the system allowing for the capability so you didn't have to cancel the reservation until seeing if the alternate date/time was available. When they rolled out the new system the capability was no longer there and I raised that one. I do hope that someone addresses this as a future enhancement as it is a very nice and important feature IMHO> Keith
  5. kent9xxx1, I am not sure which cruise you were on. I just wanted to note that on the most recent Crystal Serenity cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice a wine group of 90+ people were on board. One afternoon a wine tasting event was held on the ship for everyone regardless of whether you were a member of the group. In my case I met one of the sons of the owners while playing Paddle Tennis and he told me to ask for any bottle of wine at Waterside from their vineyard. Wine is subjective. IMHO the wines that Crystal Cruises serve as part of inclusive are very good. Some I prefer over others which is true of wine I purchase at home. Keith
  6. Latest Update: As Of April 20, 2019 PLEASE NOTE: Please use the following format when requesting to have your updates added to this thread April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Thank you. Keith ========================================= For anyone booking a cruise, please post to this thread so that we can include you on the future cruising lists for your cruise. This thread is also used for the Bon Voyage threads. Please use the following format: Date (Cruise Number) Embarkation and Ending City - Cruise Critic Name (your own first name(s) should you choose to want to include this) Example: April 18 (OCY190418-09) Venice to Athens - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) (1) If you are new to CrystalCruises also be sure to check out the thread, which is titled “Some Thoughts For First Time Crystal Cruisers”. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2463018 (2) If you would like to attend the MEET AND MINGLE PARTY that Crystal Cruises hosts when there are 10 or more of us on board, you can do so by visiting the registration section of Cruise Critic. This link will take you there. http://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcall...ruiselineid=12 (3) If there is a ROLL CALL for your voyage post a message or questions for your voyage on that thread. Posts for a particular cruise might be better placed on the roll call so that the maximum people on that cruise may see it. These are the links for the roll calls and after you reach the thread then click on the area that takes you to the last (most current) page. Crystal Serenity Roll Calls http://cruisecritic.com/rollcalls?cr...12&ship_id=258 Crystal Symphony Roll Calls http://cruisecritic.com/rollcalls?cr...=12&ship_id=26 FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2019, 2020 & 2021 ================================================ FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2019 April 27 (OCY190427-07 Athens R/T - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) April 27 (OCY190427-07 Athens R/T -CruisePfan (Adelina/Roger) May 23 (OCY190523-06 Barcelona R/T Vashti24 (Jenni/Bill) May 23 (OCY190523-06 Barcelona R/T myc6toy (Bob/Sue) May 29 (OCY190529-12) Barcelona to London - Summer Time (Kate/Ellen) Jun 21 (OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen – ijkh (Ilene/Andy) Jun 21 ( OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen – perigirinj (Amy/Scott) Jun 21 (OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen - History & Wine (Dwight) Jun 21 (OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen -- PaulMCO /Moggyhill (Paul /Mindy) Jun 21 (OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen – queenofdirt (Mike/Marcia) July 7 (OCY190707-10 Copenhagen to Stockholm – luvroma (Jean/Tim) July 7 (OCY190707-10) Copenhagen to Stockholm -- PaulMCO and Moggyhill (Paul and Mindy) July 29 (OCY190729-14) Amsterdam to Lisbon -cookingkh (Ginny/Terry) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - (Buzz_Rosenberg) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - rafinmd (Roy) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - krb1000 (Tim/Kathie) Oct 10 (OCY 191010-13) Rome to Athens - Sandyknits (Sandy/Roy) Nov 5 (OCY191105-07) Barcelona to Lisbon - 2Bobs (Bob/Bob) Nov 12 (OCY191112-09) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale (Buzz Rosenberg) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale - rafinmd (Roy) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale -krb1000 (Tim/Kathie) Nov 12 - (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Ft Lauderdale - suzeluvscruz (Susan/Peter) Nov 12 (OCY191112-12) Lisbon to Ft. Lauderdale - 2Bobs (Bob/Bob) Nov. 24 (OCY191124-12) Ft. Lauderdale R/T- skinexpert- Janis/Scott Dec 6 (OCY191206-08) Fort Lauderdale to San Juan - Summer Time (Kate/Ellen) Dec 14 (OCY191214-08) San Juan to Miami - (The Dylaness (thedylaness/mother) Dec 14 (OCY191214-08) San Juan to Miami - Summer Time (Kate/Ellen) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2020 Jan 6 OCY200106-105 Miami to Rome - Roland (Larry/Monica) Jan 7 OCY200107-15 Miami to Los Angeles – AZMama2017 (Frank/Pam/Jordan) Jan 7 (OCY200107-15) Miami to LA - bierst (Steve/Marianne) Jan 22 OCY200122-89 Los Angeles to Rome - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Jan 22 (OCY200122-13) Los Angeles to Papeete – rafinmd (Roy) Jan 22 (OCY200122-13) Los Angeles to Papeete – suzeluvscruz (Susan/Peter) Feb 4 (OCY200204-14) Papeete to Auckland – rafinmd (Roy) Feb 4 (OCY200204-14) Papeete to Auckland – suzeluvscruz (Susan/Peter) Feb 19 (OCY200219-13) Auckland to Sydney – rafinmd (Roy) March 3 (OCY200303-17) Sydney to Singapore - Margie2 (Margie/ Ron) March 20 (OCY200320-14) Singapore to Mumbai - Margie2 (Margie/Ron) April 3 (OCY200403-18) Mumbai to Rome - Margie2 (Margie/ Ron) Aug 30,2020 (OCY200830-13) Barcelona to Quebec - bitob Dec 9 (OCY201209-14) Miami R/T - suitedreams - (Len/Marilyn) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SERENITY 2021 2021 Full Word Cruise Jan 5 (OCY210105-139) Miami to London - Quacky (Christeen/Carl/Patti) Jan 5 OCY210105-16 Miami to Los Angeles - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Jan 21 (OCY2101-21) Los Angeles to Brisbane - Britob Aug 27 2021 (OCY 210827 and OCY210905) b2b Dover to New York - Bitob Aug 27 OCY210827-09 London/Dover to Dublin - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Sep 5 OCY210905-12 Dublin to New York - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Sep 5 OCY210905-12 Dublin to New York - CharleMarg (Charles/Margaret) Sep 17 OCY210917-08 New York to Quebec - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) Sep 25 OCY210925-08 Quebec to New York - kingwood cruisers (Jim/Pat) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2019, 2020 & 2021 ================================================= FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2019 May 9 (OCS19509-17) Hong Kong to Tokyo – AXMama2017 (Pam/Frank/Jordan) May 9 (OCS19509-17) Hong Kong to Tokyo – ljsanantonio (Lori/Don) May 9 (OCS 190509-17) Hong Kong to Tokyo - Margie2 (Margie/Ron) May 26 (OCS190526-22 Tokyo to San Francisco - ljsanantonio (Lori/Don) May 26, (OCS190526-22) Tokyo-San Francisco - Jinn (Jinn/Julia) Aug 10 (OCS190810-10 )Vancouver R/T - CharleMarg (Charles/Margaret) Sep 17 (OCS190917-11) Vancouver to Los Angeles - nancygp (Nancy/Larry) Sep 17 (OCS190917-11) Vancouver to Los Angeles – Texas Tillie (Patty) Sep 17 (OCS190917-11) Vancouver to Los Angeles – Lily’sgrandma (Sandie) Sep 17 (OCS190917-11) Vancouver to Los Angeles – suite dreams (Len/Marilyn) Sept. 28 (OCS190928-13) Los Angeles to Caldera, - C-Sea, (Cheri/David)  Oct. 11 (OCS191011-14) Caldera to New Orleans, C-Sea, (Cheri/David) Oct 25 (OCS191025-14) New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale - May B (Muriel/Phil) November 8 (OCS191108-09) Miami R/T Riandei (Rich/Eileen) Nov 17 (OCS191117-07) Miami R/T - Texas Tillie (Patty) Nov 24 (OCS191124-07) Fort Lauderdale R/T - rafinmd (roy) Nov 24 (OCS191124-07) Fort Lauderdale R/T - FeliciaLee (Glenn/Felicia) Dec 1 (OCS191201-10) Fort Lauderdale to Caldera - Naval Architect (Mikko) Dec 1 (OCS191201-10) Fort Lauderdale to Caldera – CingularOne (Dennis/Summer) Dec 1 (OCS191201-10) Fort Lauderdale to Caldera – maadimom (Mike/Cheryl) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2020 Jan 13 (OCS200113019) San Diego to Guam - Bitob (Bob/Laraine) Jan 13 (OCS200113019) San Diego to Guam (Buzz_Rosenberg (Buzz) Feb. 2 (OCS200202-13) Guam to Hong Kong - Texas Tillie (Patty) Jun 7 (OCS200607-12) Lisbon to London - JusttheTwoofUs (Phyllis/Wayne) June 7 (OCS200607-12) Lisbon to London - Texas Tillie (Patty) Jun 19 (OCS200619-14) London to Copenhagen - JusttheTwoofUs (Phyllis/Wayne) Sept 20 (OCS200920-21) Athens to Barcelona - CharleMarg Sept 20 (OCS200920-21) Athens to Barcelona - Psoque (Nauyuki/Richard) ept 20 (OCS200920-21) Athens to Barcelona - CharlesMarg (Charles/Margaret) Oct. 11 (OCS201011-12) Barcelona to Athens - Texas Tillie (Patty) Oct 30 (OCY200830-13) Barcelona to Quebec - refined (Roy) Nov 21 (OCS201121-16) Mumbai to Singapore Buzz_Rosenberg (Buzz) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SYMPHONY 2021 Mar 22 (OCS210322-22) Capetown to Lisbon Buzz_Rosenberg (Buzz) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL ESPRIT 2019, 2020 & 2021 ============================================= FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL ESPRIT – 2019 Sep 29 (YES190929-07) Athens R/T - JohnKen3 (Ken/John) FUTURE BOOKINGS CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES 2019, 2020 & 2021 =============================================== FUTURE BOOKINGS RIVER CRUISES 2019 FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL MOZART– 2019 April 13 (RMZ190413-07) Budapest to Vienna– Psoque (Naoyuki/Richard) May 10 (RMZ190510-10) Vienna R/T - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Jun 9 (RMZ190609-10) Vienna R/T - ancient mariner (Trudi) Nov 4 (RMZ191104-07) Vienna to Budapest – mskatiemae (Catherine/Alexander) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL BACH –2019 Apr 24 – (RBA190424010) – Amsterdam - Basel – Texas Tillie (Patty) May 4 – (RBA190504-07) Basel – Amsterdam – Texas Tillie (Patty) Oct 27 (RBA191025-07) Amsterdam to Basil - rafinmd (Roy)
  7. Ray, once on board there might be additional availability. I recommend booking something and on the first day of the cruise see that Specialty Restaurant Maitre d' at 1:30 PM at Prego. I would arrive earlier so you are one of the first on line. Yes, once you make the reservation on PCPC you have to cancel it before you can see what else might be available. Given that your cruise is May 17 and you won't be able to make any changes or reservations starting May 10 I don't think much if anything will become available between now and then. Keith
  8. He's on-board Crystal Serenity right now. I believe new to Crystal Cruises. Great voice. Very energetic. A great addition IMHO. I hope you find him to be fun. We like him. Keith
  9. WELCOME TO KOPER SLOVENIA Thank you all for your comments. I welcome comments/recommendations/questions. Thank you John. We visited Spit in 2005 and I remember the market you mentioned. Looking forward to seeing Split again. John, safe travels and best wishes for a wonderful cruise. my Crow’s Nest, thank you for your lunch venue recommendation near Kotor. We plan to take a couple of people to lunch and one of them is from this area so we are going to go with her choice. Their time is more limited than ours so we will likely be going to someplace close. I will save your recommendation for our next visit. Many thanks. KenzSailng…I have not heard anything more about the outage. This happened to us one other time while docked in Sydney in 2008. For those guests not up so early they would never have known this happened. I was speaking to a couple a couple of hours later who was disembarking in Venice and they had no idea. Thank you IVi. It was wonderful meeting you both and we enjoyed our time with the two of you.. Look forward to saing with you again. Yesterday was the first time we have moved not once but two times once on board the ship. Our move was associated with the major Crystal Society milestone we achieved on the last segment of World Cruise 2019. The move was made easy with the tremendous help by our Butler. The stewardess also did a tremendous job getting the suite ready for us, particularly considering that the people occupying the room left close to one hour after all guests disembarking in Venice were asked to proceed to the gangway. As I was walking the ship I noticed the same thing on another floor where a couple was leaving their room an hour late. Go figure. At 9:30 AM an announcement was made asking all guests disembarking to proceed to the gangway and another announcement was made shortly before 10:00 AM asking guests disembarking to head to the gangway. Throughout the morning I saw several people we know disembarking and I look forward to sailing with them in the future. We are in the same room that we celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary with our family. In fact, we renewed our Wedding Vows in this room. Our Stewardess is someone who took care of us over two World Cruises and the assistant to the Head Housekeeper is someone who was also our stewardess over a few years. It's so nice to see members of the crew move to higher positions. The only down-side is to yesterday is we didn’t have time to visit Venice for the second day. This might have been implemented previously but a couple of hours after we got to the room I turned on the TV and before we could watch anything we had to sign in, say what language we prefer selecting from a drop down menu of several choices and we watched a short safety video. I thought the video was very well done. Yesterday was a typical turnover with many guests disembarking in Venice and many arriving. Surprisingly dining at Waterside was quiet for most of the time we were there as the first night of any cruise can be busy. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner which we truly prefer. I know I have mentioned this before but I find in many USA restaurants that the emphasis is on turning over the table. Often when we are seated at a USA restaurant we will mention that we don't want to be rushed and ask that they pace the meal accordingly. It is nice when dining with Crystal that we can take our time and enjoy conversation and our meal. This is one of the aspects of dining that we like in other countries. Dinner was excellent with several choices for appetizers and entrees that we would have been happy with. Anne Marie had a Portabello Mushroom Appetizer while I had an appetizer of Ahi Tuna. For our entree we both went with the Halibut from the modern menu. The only item that didn't work for us was the salad with a type of green salad which is not one we enjoy. Our mistake. No big deal. Tonight is another dinner. LOL, but very true. We selected a nice wine for dinner and had half of it decanted. Very shortly we arrive to Koper, Slovenia. We have never been to Slovenia. The town is located within minutes from the ship. When we go ashore we will have to go through a face to face session and carry our passports. We will have to carry our passports in Split. I find the latter interesting as we didn't need them for Dubrovnik. At the same time things change. I haven't done much research but see that going forward (next year) it now looks like USA passport holders will need a New Zealand Visa which can be done on line. I am adding the daily Reflections Program from yesterday and today. Reflections.pdf Reflections:Koper.pdf I will close now. Cheers, Keith
  10. I wanted to update this to reflect that the opening times for Churrascaria and Silk have been moved back up to 6:00 PM from 6:30 PM on the last voyage. They will stay at 6:00 PM. While they were pulled up by 30 minutes guests can arrive and be seated at these dining venues as late as 9:00 PM. The dinner hours for Waterside, Prego, Umi Uma, Sushi Bar remain as they have been on the last voyage. Guests can arrive at 6:00 PM and can be seated as late as 9:30 PM. The adjustment back to 6:00 PM makes it easier for those guests dining early to attend a 7:45 PM show without rushing through their meal. With the change to open seating, and the new dining venues and start for showtimes happening late last year Crystal continues to evaluate items like these. Keith
  11. DAY 2 VENICE Good morning from Venice where we will remain docked until 9:00 PM this evening. Today is turnaround day for the cruise. Many guests will be departing the ship today. Some are staying in Venice, some are going to other places in Europe and many are traveling home. Some guests are continuing to the next voyage. They are in-transit guests. They can come and go as they please today as if it was any port day. The brief excitement for the early morning was a short power outage. I believe 30 minutes but could have been less than that. When power restored first the lights all came on, followed by the A/C followed a few minutes later by the water. Last night was fairly quiet on the ship until many guests returned from going ashore around 7:00 PM and continue to return after that. We are moving today so we decided to have a casual dinner in our room last night to get things set for the move. We made it a pizza night with salad, pizza and popcorn. I had mentioned that following the World Cruise that the opening hours of Churrascaria and Silk went back to 6:30 PM and wanted to let everyone know that they are now back to 6:00 PM. Please remember that following the dry dock and changes to open dining, the new dining venues, the Supper Club, the timing of shows that as was the case on Symphony they are continuing to tweak these types of things. One of the advantages of opening all of the dining venues at 6:00 PM is so that those dining early do not have to rush to get to a 7:45 PM show. If the venue opens at 6:30 PM it makes it tight for people to get to a 7:45 PM show without rushing through dinner. Churrascaria and Silk seat people up until 9:00 PM. Our next cruise is a nine day cruise which goes from Venice to Athens. There is one Black Tie Optional Evening plus eight Crystal Casual nights. This is the itinerary. Right now Reflections is not on line. When it is (could be tomorrow) I will post it. As usual I welcome questions and comments. Cheers, Keith
  12. We were just in Sorrento on-board Serenity six days ago. Arrival time was 7:30 AM. Departure time 10:00 PM. The feedback you have received is consistent with our most recent experience and all of the other times we have been to Sorrento. Once the service began it was continuous. You might wait five or ten minutes max. for the tender. We have been to Sorrento numerous times and fortunately have not experienced tender service being discontinued or moved but it can happen. On our recent stay we had the choppiest weather conditions on the ride over than our previous visits to Sorrento. By afternoon on the return all was calm. Hoping you have good weather. As Kathy mentioned we ensure we take the map with the port agents phone number on it so if there are any issues we have a contact. We also have phones with us and a plan that allows us to pick and choose when we use it so if we don't use it we don't pay but if we do do we pay a daily fee. I realize the driver/tour guide would have a phone but prefer to know we have service should it be needed. Keith
  13. WELCOME TO VENICE ITALY John glad you liked the photos and thank you and Anne for the thoughts on the infinity pool. Anne Is correct that the location of the pool for me is not desirable given the height issue. I could see the water overflowing and me going over the back of the ship. LOL We arrived to Venice this afternoon and after the ship was cleared we walked into Venice. We wanted to return to the Jewish Ghetto which we did and walked all around that area. On the way we took in many sites including visiting several churches. Lots of people were out and about and Venice is one of those places that is busy most of the year. The weather was terrific with a high of 67 degrees Fahrenheit and it was sunny. Lots of tourists were enjoying the afternoon. We also saw lots of locals including close to 100 grade school students standing in line for a Gelato and lots of students waiting to enter the Jewish Museum. As we walked the Jewish Ghetto Anne Marie and I discussed how challenging life was for those in the Ghetto. We also talked about the horrific time leading up to, during, and after World War II. For us it is a reminder that as challenged as people think the current era is with all that goes on around the world IMHO the challenges with World War II were far greater than they are today. It's a r reminder for us to appreciate life. Some photos. During the course of this adventure from time-to-time we have had to take our passports with us in port. Today was one of those days. Whereas on the other occasions we didn't have to show them today we did as we returned to the Cruise Ship terminal. Speaking of the terminal we are the only ship at the terminal which is good. The terminal area has changed since we were last here with things such as a people mover. That was another option to get to the city as was a water taxi. The signage getting into the city was excellent and once in Venice we remembered where to go. Cheers, Keith
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